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1,183 Ratings

While We're Young

Directed by Noah Baumbach
United States, 2014
Drama, Comedy


Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives.

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While We're Young Directed by Noah Baumbach

Awards & Festivals

National Board of Review

2015 | Winner: Top Ten Independent Films

Gotham Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

I am far from being an unconditional fan of the prolific Noah Baumbach, but I was more than pleasantly surprised by this inventively brisk tale—broadly in the Woody Allenschool—of the interrelation of couples from two different generations. Personal adventure here harbors illusion and disappointment, and friendship can so easily give way to manipulation and betrayal.
November 23, 2015
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It’s rich material for satire, initially poking equal fun at the smugness of new parents, the ostentatious liberalism of reigning hipsters, principally represented by a brilliant Adam Driver, and the desperation of their predecessors as they rage against the dying of the light. Halfway through, however, Baumbach’s world view turns oddly prescriptive, its loose-limbed social observation tethered by a snoozy inside-baseball subplot on documentary ethics.
July 26, 2015
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Baumbach mines some great jokes from his unusual take on the generation gap during the film’s first half… [However,] there’s a plot twist regarding somebody’s motives that shoves the movie in an overly cynical direction, to the point where it feels more like the kind of film Neil LaBute used to make 10 or 15 years ago—stuff like In the Company of Men and The Shape of Things. That’s not a good fit for Baumbach, who’s at his best when any bitterness is accompanied by a heavy splash of wry.
April 08, 2015
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